Barnet optician urges local residents not to risk eye health

More than three million people in England could find their eye health at risk after missing out on vital checks due to lockdown[1], warns Specsavers in Barnet.

Opticians provide upwards of 13 million NHS sight tests throughout England each year[2], which can help to detect early signs of eye health conditions such as glaucoma, that if left untreated can lead to vision loss. 

Routine eye examinations in Barnet were cancelled when lockdown restrictions were introduced, with opticians only able to offer urgent and essential care. Now that opticians in England, Wales and Northern Ireland are allowed to offer a full range of services, including routine eye testing, people are being urged to prioritise their eye health.

Keeping the community safe

Pragna Raghwani, the store partner, shares the safety measures that are in place in-store to ensure those that may be nervous feel comfortable coming in. ‘In store we are doing all that we can to ensure that our customers feel safe and maintain strict hygiene standards to prevent the risk of spreading germs.

‘Our staff and opticians are wearing the full range of PPE while working in store. We are also cleaning any glasses thoroughly that are touched by a customer before they go back on the shelf.

‘As well as these hygiene precautions, we are also allowing a limited number of customers into our store in Barnet to ensure that everyone feels safe and are able to maintain social distancing.’

 

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[1]Figure based on 13 million NHS sight tests conducted across England in one year at: https://www.england.nhs.uk/primary-care/eye-health/